There are speculations that Antonio Cesaro and John Cena coudl be working a feud together in the near future, as the two stars were spotted working out together at the WWE Performance Center. Cesaro received a slight push from management this week by being added to the main event at Elimination Chamber 2014.
As many already know, Yoshi Tatsu is no longer on the road, and he has not been utilized regularly at live events in quite some time. He has been doing some training down at the WWE Performance Center, and he's now also training developmental wrestlers as well.
Japanese star Kenta Kobayashi, the wrestler who made the Go 2 Sleep finisher internationally famous, could be signed to a developmental deal with WWE soon. He was recently spotted at the WWE Performance Center, where he was given a tryout by officials.
”There are quite a few trainers and classes. There are a lot of vultures flying around there who will take the move if they like it so I was careful. I just worked with the great trainers. At the performance center, there is a man there who is just great. Norman Smiley, he is a surgeon in the ring. It was incredible. I would love to say I could do The Big Wiggle so I am going to yeah, I can do the wiggle.”
While he has not been seen on television in quite some time, Yoshi Tatsu is still with WWE. The Japanese wrestler has been training with the company at the performance center. Tatsu has been working closely with Dusty Rhodes on improving himself as a character.
Former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and Texas legend Terry Funk was recently brought in to work as a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center.
"I saw that he had the work ethic to make it work. A lot of times it's just a matter of getting that opportunity. It's funny that the example of what he is and what Daniel Bryan is, goes against the grain of what the WWE is trying to do. It seems very rare that they take guys off the indies anymore. You know they've got the Performance Center and they want their wrestlers to start from there at the bottom. It's almost like they're trying to grow wrestlers in a petri dish and then you look at guys like Punk, Bryan and Antonio Cesaro who worked all over the world on the independent scene and it seems like they're doing well for themselves and making it in the WWE system despite not being brought up in the WWE system."
While visiting the performance center, DDP taught his unique brand of yoga to the various developmental wrestlers under contract with WWE.
Triple H and Bill DeMott extended an invitation to Diamond Dallas Page to visit the performance center, and the former WCW champion has decided to take them up on that offer.
Kane visited the WWE performance center for the very first time.
Christina Vargas spent less than a month training at the WWE Performance Center before quitting the company, and the developmental diva has now explained that the biggest reason why she asked for her release was because she felt unwanted there.
Now that he is back on good terms with the company after the incident at Summerslam 2013 that cost Jim Ross his job, Ric Flair is being heavily rumored to join the stacked episode of Monday Night Raw on February 24, the same night that WWE Network launches. He will be needed to help promote WCW and NWA content on the network.
"Everyone wanted that spot and I was the lucky one that got chosen. It's an absolute honor. Growing up watching Ric Flair with the way he dressed, the way he walks, the way he talks, I kind of embodied that character. It's been working out really well because I've been winning with it. So thank you Ric Flair, I'm finally winning."
- The Miz
"I don't think you have to be a Mensa member to figure out that it had an influence on decisions that were made. I was working with the developmental kids in NXT and enjoying that, and got called in for that job. It was a very unique night, to say the least. Ric Flair was coming off maybe the most traumatic time of his life. Reid Flair had recently died of a drug overdose. In hindsight, it might not have been the most timely booking, to get him in that environment. And then you can look at the other side and say maybe it's a good thing to get him out around friends. As it worked out, you'd probably lean more to the former than the latter. But here's the deal. I was conductor of a runaway train. I was supposed to keep it on the tracks and that didn't happen. So I don't have any issues taking responsibility. Did I envision that it would help facilitate my exit? No. But I could see the thinking behind it."
- Jim Ross
Apparently, Triple H has played a big part in helping out Ric Flair over the last year. When the family confronted Flair about his issues, it was HHH who was on the phone during the family intervention. He informed the former NWA champion that WWE would cut him off if he did not get things together.
There will be a winners panel at the Royal Rumble 2014 pay per view, and the three former WWE stars working that segment will be Ric Flair, Jim Duggan, and Shawn Michaels. The trio will help kickstart the event.
While the backstage heat on Ric Flair has subsided tremendously, Ashley Flair remains in developmental and should be there for a little while longer, as WWE is now focused on elevating Paige and Emma to the main roster.
UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.
"There are so many Divas who have come and gone who have left their mark in WWE: Ivory, Jazz, Lita, etc. … Ric Flair says, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man," so if I had to choose one, it'd be the Diva who most people would consider the greatest Diva of all time, Trish Stratus. The only reason I'd choose her is because I know in my heart that I can put her down."
Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.
Jim Ross is now writing articles for Fox Sports, and the former WWE commentator has published his first story for the sports website. He discusses the controversial situation involving his good friend Ric Flair, the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Since he gave a motivational speech to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, fans of the Carolina Panthers have grown bitter towards Ric Flair, as they feel that he should be supporting his hometown team. Death threats were issued to the former WWE star.
Reports spread yesterday about a new arrest warrant being issued for Ric Flair and noted that it might be a reason why he is not attending the Carolina Panthers game. However, it turns out that it is the same warrant that was issued last summer.
With so many fans upset with him for being involved with the San Francisco 49ers during the playoffs game last week, Ric Flair has officially announced that he will not be in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game this upcoming weekend.
Since he gave a pep talk to the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend before their big playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers, Ric Flair is receiving some heat from the Carolina Panthers players, who were initially hoping that he would support them.
Vince McMahon wanted a big feel atmosphere when he makes his announcement in Las Vegas this week. He's already recruited Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and John Cena, but the WWE CEO is now also bringing the legendary Ric Flair with him to the event.
There are those that believe that WWE was quietly involved in setting up the appearance where Ric Flair gave a pep talk to the San Francisco 49ers before their playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco is hosting an upcoming Wrestlemania.
Ric Flair, who was coveted by the Carolina Panthers and their star quarterback Cam Newton, flew into Wisconsin this week to give a motivational speech to the San Francisco 49ers, who are in town for an NFL wildcard playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers.
Cam Newton is a big fan of Ric Flair, and he revealed that the Carolina Panthers have been utilizing the "Wooo!" yell to motivate themselves before the games. The star quarterback told ESPN that he and his teammates want Flair at their playoff games.
It appears that the backstage heat that Ric Flair had in WWE has subsided tremendously, as management is bringing the former NWA and WCW champion back for the special Old School episode of Monday Night Raw next week.
There are rumors that Ric Flair would be wrestling at a show in London next March, but it has now been confirmed that the former WWE star is simply just making an appearance.
Ric Flair reportedly left an appearance early after getting into a dispute with the promoter. A fan apparently paid money to hang out with the former WWE champion for three hours but only got forty five minutes.
Kevin Nash stated on Twitter that performers should not attempt to perform the chop made famous by Ric Flair.
There are those that believe that Ashley Flair is not going to be promoted because of the poor standing Ric Flair is in with WWE right now.
Ric Flair recently addressed a high school football team, where one of the players was the son of John Laurinaitis.
More details have surfaced about the backstage heat between Ric Flair and Ole Anderson, who recently conducted a shoot interview where he speaks out about his former Four Horsemen stablemate. It appears that the two of them butted heads pretty frequently when they were both a part of the creative department in WCW.
Ric Flair and Batista, representing Evolution, were successfully able to defend the WWE tag titles against the Dudley Boyz in a Tables match at the Royal Rumble. In a rather interesting bit, the match lasted less than five minutes.